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Verizon Head of Communications Confirms “Usage Based” Plans Will Start in July

I promise that this is the last time we’ll mention this today, but in case you needed a 4th or 5th confirmation on our report that tiered data plans are coming to Verizon next month, we wanted to point out the statement that Big Red’s executive director of corporate communications, Brenda Raney made to AllThingsD this afternoon:

“We will move to a more usage based model in July,” Raney said in an e-mail. “We’ll share more later.”

“Usage based” and “structured” – say hello to the buzzwords of 2011 for the wireless communications industry.  Let’s hope for some positive device news for tomorrow, like the Incredible 2 receiving S-OFF. Oh wait, that just happened.

Via:  AllThingsD

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  • Anonymous

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  • Rain_king46

    I sent a nastygram to VZW yesterday regarding the new tierd data plans. I flat out told them, if this is the direction that you plan to go, you will likely lose my business as well as my employers business. Verizons response? “We do not comment on Internet rumors” Really Verizon? Cuz apparently your executive director of corporate bullshit does.  If you are going to be a-holes, just own it and explain your position. And please dont insult my intelligence by trying to spin it as you are doing me a favor. Keeping the current $30 unlimited package and adding cheaper tiers below that would be trying to help your customers. This is just seeing what your competitor is getting away with any copying it out of pure greed. 

  • Dabruise

    Up til a month ago i was working as a Tech Support Rep for VZW.   I am glad i quit before i had to deal with all the miserable mofo’s complaining about this.

    • Anonymous

      Were glad you quit to before we had to deal with another Verizon A-hole that doesn’t give a sh*t about the customers that pay his/her salary.

      • Dabruise

        The A-holes that make these decisions are the ones who don’t care.   The VZW reps that you talk to they have smart phone plans and they are just as screwed as me or you.  THey probably hate it just as much but they are paid to “positively position”  things like this.

  • Rain_king46

    I have to hand it to Verizons marketing people. They are going to try and spin this as a positive thing to their customers and I will bet that most of them buy the bs. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/affliction55 Nate Gilkerson

    i am now done with verizons bs my girlfriend needs a new phone i can upgrade next month but im not going to!! im switching to sprint the question is should i get the evo 4g or nexus s?

  • Anonymous

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  • http://AfterCredits.com Chris R.

    I have a current family plan and I have unlimited on my phone.  My fiancee is going to join my plan soon.  Should we hurry up and do that before this all hits the fan so she would be included in the grandfather clause?

    • Anonymous

      I have two phones on my family share plan but I’m upgrading before July 7th to keep unlimited on both until I see what our data usage on 4g looks like.  I like the family share bucket of data idea but only if it is actually going to save me money.

    • Anonymous

      I have two phones on my family share plan but I’m upgrading before July 7th to keep unlimited on both until I see what our data usage on 4g looks like.  I like the family share bucket of data idea but only if it is actually going to save me money.

    • Anonymous

      But then what happens when your contact expires and your wife is still on contract – you will be stuck on Verizon. Sprint is offering $125 to port your smartphone number to them. You’re better off just switching. I’m stuck with my family plan on Verizon with 5 phones and staggered contracts – it sucks. Don’t do what I did.

      • http://AfterCredits.com Chris R.

        Yeah, I’m looking into Sprint, but am not sold yet.  I used to have sprint at the place I used to work at and they sucked big time.  Even now, we’re dropping calls all the time.  I would much rather stay with Verizon if at all possible.  

        Oh, one thing I did just realize.  My mom just renewed her contract a couple months ago.  So, we are staggered now.  So if I leave, I’ll be messing things up with her.  Argh!

        • Anonymous

          Some of my VZW phones have dropped call issues too. The Moto Droids – OgD and DX always get about 5 more dB reception than my Incredible and Incredible2. That difference results in dropped calls, and not getting SMS. It really depends on your location and the phone. I have never been too impressed with Verizon’s signal.

  • Loveofilm

    someone needs to spam this link http://www.facebook.com/pages/Verizon-Stop-Tiered-Data-An-Open-Letter/156668621068022?sk=info to Verizon’s facebook and twitter page. Sorry for the double post. 

  • Loveofilm

    Someone needs to spam this to Verizon’s Facebook and twitter page

  • Anonymous

    The way things are going why haven’t the cell companies realized that in the near future they could make way more money by using the cable company modal: make you pay for more speed and kick users in the butt who use WAY too much data. I feel that this would make most consumers at least be happy that they can download all the updates to their software and stream all the music and videos they want without worrying if they will be paying extra money. Heck, if the cell phone companies priced it right then they could make more money off of most users. We all know that the typical data user doesn’t use their 5 GB of data ever, so it should make sense that the cell companies could make more money via making users pay for speed. 

  • GotSka81

    There is ONE way this works out for anyone, and it might actually help a lot of people…on my family plan, we currently have 3 smart phones (me, my fiance, and my sister).  My mother is about to join that list as well.  We’re able to save money this way, since we use very few minutes.  That’s $30 x 4 for $120 in data plans every month.  Remember this?

    http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/verizon-tiered-data-plans1.jpg

    That’s a rumor that Verizon will start allowing data to be shared as part of the tiered system…so in my situation, we could opt for the 5GB for $50 plus the tethering for $20, which also adds an extra 2GB…equaling out to $70 for 7GB of data, which is plenty for us!  That’s a pretty hefty savings, but it all hinges on Verizon’s willingness to allow it to happen…which is unlikely, lol.  Here’s hoping!

    • Chaddaddadd

      That is what I’m hoping for, but like you, I’m guessing the family data plans probably won’t be that good of a deal.

  • VerizonEatsBabies

    That “concerned letter” from a student (translation: you have no money) who downloads ROMs (translate: broke your contract/warranty agreement) made me literally laugh out loud.

    Once life kicks you in the ass a few times you’ll realize how worthless your opinion is to them. If you’re father was the DEAN at your university then your letter will be replied to by a email bot. Everyone has a degree and they’re buying their children matching iPods tomorrow, kid.

    You’ve been watching too many bullshit “we care” corporate commercials.

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  • Granted

    Well for readers here we wouldn’t have to be bombarded with all of these negative but yet playing the devils advocate laden comments about Verizon’s greedy policies… if you didn’t over post about them like you’re some meth whore strung out with a keyboard up your ass.

    I mean I’m just gayin’. That’s what the cool kids say right? I’m just “gayin'”? I figured it must be some descriptive slang to describe the person that is posting it. I so want to be a cool. But man, I just can’t be self-deprecating enough :(.

  • http://twitter.com/finitybeyond David Chen

    Wait what? The Incredible 2 got S-Off???

  • Anonymous

    Someone chime in here and correct me if I am wrong, did the FCC disalow companies from doing this exact thing when they opened up the white space to cellular companies for 4g data? I thought is was illegal for them to limit or restrict the flow of data within this spectrum either by electronic or economic (price) means.

  • http://twitter.com/coggy9 Adam

    …I left T-Mobile, they introduced caps(2GB)… I join Verizon, they add caps. Who doesn’t have caps(Sprint?) so I can ruin them too? :P

  • Edgar

    Man, if only the Bionic were out. I would totally lock myself in for another 2 years for unlimited 4G. Sadly don’t feel like paying $300 for a Charge then full retail on a Bionic.

    • Ckoch0125

      I didnt either but I didnt want to lose unlimited so I ordered my charge today and if the bionic really blows me away(which i doubt it will unless it was unlocked and stock) then i will sell the charge and buy bionic full price.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mtate0408 Michael Tate

        This is my plan as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LGTZCPI5OEGIIWEQOCK5L7OIC4 Bewar

    I Am so angry right now so why not let it out….
    To you Verizon 

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  • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

    I wrote a letter to all the Managers and high-ups at Verizon.  Contact info here: http://news.vzw.com/contacts/index.html

    I encourage everyone out there to do the same.

    My letter:

    I am writing to you as a concerned Verizon customer of 14 years. When I heard that tiered data would be (inevitably) coming to Verizon Wireless, I wasn’t worried since I assumed that as a loyal customer, I would be grandfathered into the new program, keeping my old plan. Verizon had done it before and treated me right, so naturally I thought I would get to keep my current family plan, for which I pay an additional $30/month to add unlimited data.  This seemed like a reasonable thing to me.  However, as details emerged today, it began to look like I would not be grandfathered in.  On the contrary, it seemed that once my current 2-year contract ended, I would be forced into tiered data.To be blunt, this will simply not do.  I am a full-time student working at an electrical engineering company, so I am on a very, very tight budget.  The current plan I am on is a great balance between price and functionality, and I am very happy with.  I think what I pay is a very fair price for the services I receive.What will not do is capping my data at 2 GB/month.  I am an avid Android fan. I do a lot on my phone.  I stream Google music, I download ROMs, I watch Netflix, and I make my powerful Droid X live up to the great commercials.  My phone just ‘Does.’  My smart phone is smart. I am an avid developer both in my spare time as well as in my job.  I have convinced many friends and colleagues that Android is the way to go, and Verizon is the place to do it.  Verizon is know for fast data speeds with the top of the line phones.  I’m afraid that I can no longer, in good conscience, recommend Verizon as the best Android carrier. Simply put, if Verizon chooses to switch to tiered data, I will be forced to leave your company for another carrier, like Sprint, who is proving again and again that they are taking Android seriously by NOT locking their devices, and keeping unlimited data plans, well, unlimited. I hate to say it, but 2GB is not enough for me, and Sprint is starting to look like a tempting alternative.I realize that I am just one customer, but the development community agrees with my viewpoint.  I would recommend you read various Android and wireless phone blogs to see that I am not alone in this stance.I do not want to leave your company, but you current policies leave me with no choice.I look forward to hearing from you, and I would love to answer any questions you may have about this email.

    • Anonymous

      Lets make a facebook page on Verizons wall. It worked for the unlocked bootloader situation with Motorola

      • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

        You mean make a group? Or a “like” page?

        • Anonymous

          I really dont know the difference. I guess whatever will be seen more and make more noise

          • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

            I went with a ‘like’ page.  Seems easier to share across facebook.

          • Ckoch0125

            yeah I doubt this will have much of an impact all they care about is making money they could care less about us. I mean if they cared they would get a nexus and leave bootloaders unlocked on ALL their phones.

      • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

        Here is a facebook to page to “Like” and share. PLEASE PASS IT ON!

        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Verizon-Stop-Tiered-Data/156668621068022

      • Abc

        You mean like how Motorola has now unlocked all of their bootloaders for us now?

        • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

          They might not, but at least they are acknowledging that it’s an issue for consumers.

    • Orange010

      Nice letter, especially the part about admitting you download ROMs for your phone to top management. Hopefully they tag your acccount that your warrenty is voided, not that I agree that rooting should void warrenties but since you were dumb enough to admit it in edifying.

      • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

        My phone is out of warranty anyways.  Rooting it does nothing at this point.

    • Rizzidy

      You need to learn about paragraph breaks.  No one is going to read a huge, stream of consciousness, shitpile of text like that.

      • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

        It lost all the formatting when I copied it out of my email and pasted it here.  It was formatted correctly in the emails I sent.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

        Don’t be a dick :-P

        • Anonymous

          really sad that you even have to tell people this sometimes..

    • Rizzidy

      You need to learn about paragraph breaks.  No one is going to read a huge, stream of consciousness, shitpile of text like that.

    • Anonymous

      What phone should I get on sprint?

    • Anonymous

      Excellent email. I adapted it to my own story and edited it for typos.

    • Anonymous

      lol @ telling them you download Roms on their network.

    • E_pluribusfunk

      I Will Also Leave Verizon. It Doesn’t Cost That Much To Bring Data To Our Phones. They’re Just Getting GREEDY!

    • Thefaz588

      U wasted ur time writing that letter because current customers with unlimited data plans can keep the plan even when upgrading at 2 year pricing.

  • cookiess

    Existing verizon customers are not affected by this. if you have unlimited. you have UNLIMITED, they cannot change that. Have talked to many verizon reps who confirmed that.

    • Ckoch0125

      They can once your contract is up

  • Anonymous

    My “usage base” and “structure” are looking for a new carrier. Note to Verizon: F your stupid-ass attempt to spin fleecing your loyal customers.

  • Anonymous

    Well, now I guess I have to decide between tbolt and charge by the 7th to lock in.. Fml

  • Anonymous

    Well, now I guess I have to decide between tbolt and charge by the 7th to lock in.. Fml

    • Ckoch0125

      Charge. I had the thunderbolt and was plagued with problems I went through 4 replacements and finally just had enough. I wanted to love the phone it is super fast on 4g but how do you make an update and send it out that actually makes the phone worse lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    I only have one comment to those that are saying they’re jumping ship because of losing unlimited data – I doubt Sprint will stay unlimited data for much longer, either. I never had a problem with Sprint service, so if they have a phone that you like then I wouldn’t deter you from heading there. Just don’t expect unlimited data there for the next 5-10 years.

    • Anonymous

      I think you’re right on the money but I think no matter what plan they come up with, they’ll end up undercutting verizon by at least $10 a month.

  • http://twitter.com/mikesaimname michael broder

    if you can pre-order the droid 3…you’ll be able to put in the order and the plan change before the 7th and not have to worry about it…

    i’m on that special plan they offered a few months ago where i get an extra $20 off my plan…so i’m just trying to upgrade and keep that plan

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Interesting point. I’m probably going to still have to pay full price so it doesn’t matter as much to me, since full price doesn’t cause a plan reset.

      Of course they could be shady and start pre-sales on the 7th. I wouldn’t put that past Verizon at this point.

    • Ckoch0125

      Your contract doesn’t get updated until you activate the phone so if you preorder say the 4th and it comes out the 7th then you would technically still be under the new tiered period even though you preordered before july 6th or w.e it is

  • RobertTFrederick

    Funny how you slid the Incredible 2 S-Off in there.

  • Kevin Jellison

    I’m locked in until April 2012 with a Thunderbolt. I am rooted, and starting to enjoy the direction the ROM’s are heading. My OGD treated me very well for a year and a half with all the developers keeping it alive, and interesting. I hope the T-Bolt can hold out that long! If these are the new prices, I have no choice but to make my way back to a dumbphone, or a different provider, which in two years could potentially consist of only Verizon and AT&T. I read a ton of news sources, and stream from Google Music, and occasionally Pandora or Slacker. I figure my consumption is not out of the norm for an average user….however, I checked my data this past month, and found myself at almost 9 GB without any tethering or hotspot use. With this price model, my goal is to consume the maximum data until my contract is up, and give a big F-Off to Verizon with my S-Off Thunderbolt! 

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  • http://twitter.com/grilmasterweber Kurt Weber

    buzzwords?? you mean buzzkill.. -_-

  • http://twitter.com/grilmasterweber Kurt Weber

    buzzwords?? you mean buzzkill.. -_-

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  • Anonymous

    really Kellex? ya want me to post the finger AGAIN today….. ;)

  • Anonymous

    What are the chances that they’ll change the pricing structure by July 7th, wouldn’t it be smart to plant a beta pricing structure in the internet to see what the public thinks and then come up with an official Verizon announced plan on July 7th.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      This is Verizon we’re talking here…I don’t think they care what the public thinks. As long as they’re making their money they could care less what we think. At least with $30 unlimited data it was worth paying Verizon’s already high prices. With these new tiers and only 2GB of data for $30, it’s not worth it at all when they want to tout their new 4G LTE network but limit what data you can use. Ever since the iPhone, Verizon has become just like AT&T and could care less about their customers. No more 1 year upgrades, no new every two credit, only 14 days for returns, and now this. It’s really a shame because they have the best network, now if they could only combine that with the best customer service and pricing and they’d be unbeatable. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      If they cared what the public thought they wouldn’t have released the Droid X2 in the sorry state it’s in. Using this phone for 20 minutes is more than enough time to point out all of its problems. This thing went through *very* little testing.

      • Ckoch0125

        They also would have worked out the bugs in the thunderbolt before releasing it. I mean I have had a lot of phones and man the thunderbolt feels the most incomplete and rushed to me.

  • Rob Meyer

    Dear OG Droid customer:

    As a reward for purchasing a Moto Droid 1 on launch date, we are planning on celebrating your next available upgrade date (July 6th) by completely changing the way we deliver (rape) your data services. We while we understand you the consumers are not as dumb compared to most, we can’t help but to charge you more now that we are releasing phones that will obliterate your current data usage trends. It’s ok, we TOTALLY plan on making it up later on, we promise. Scouts honor.

    Respectfully Disrespectful,

    Verizon Wireless Communications

  • Rob Meyer

    Dear OG Droid customer:

    As a reward for purchasing a Moto Droid 1 on launch date, we are planning on celebrating your next available upgrade date (July 6th) by completely changing the way we deliver (rape) your data services. We while we understand you the consumers are not as dumb compared to most, we can’t help but to charge you more now that we are releasing phones that will obliterate your current data usage trends. It’s ok, we TOTALLY plan on making it up later on, we promise. Scouts honor.

    Respectfully Disrespectful,

    Verizon Wireless Communications

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      Nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Way to go Verizon…I think you just lost a bunch of customers once our contracts expire…Wonder what the outlook of things will be for me once my contract ends in early 2013. Does anyone know if we currently have a 4G phone and decide to buy another one full retail after July 7th if we’ll have to use the new tiered plans or can I continue on my current unlimited?

    • Anonymous

      If you’re paying full retail for a device, regardless of where you choose to purchase it, it will have no bearing on your contract. It would be the same as if you decided to reconnect an older device.

      I just locked in unlimited 4G yesterday by upgrading to a Tbolt. Was going to wait for something stronger, but I had a feeling this announcement was coming soon. Glad I did it! Also like the phone even more than I thought I would!

  • )v(urphy

    So I’m stuck with this awesome Thunderbolt for 2 years….?! Ugh…

  • Chris

    FMVZWL (F**K MY VERIZON WIRELESS LIFE)

  • Anonymous

    So all you people out there thinking this wasn’t coming, think AGAIN!

  • Carbja23

    so do I need to upgrade on the 6th?

    • Rizzidy

      Yes,  I talked to Verizon and you must upgrade before they switch if you want unlimited data.

    • Rizzidy

      Yes,  I talked to Verizon and you must upgrade before they switch if you want unlimited data.

      • http://www.facebook.com/johncorfee John Corfee

        oh, wait that sucks because I was gonna buy a Droid 3 on the 7th.  Big Red is gonna get a very angry phone call from this guy!

        • Anonymous

          upgrade with a different phone, you have 14 days….bring it back and swap. You won’t be changing your plan. Problem solved.

          • Rob Meyer

            Now will the unlimited data plan be under 3g and be forced to stay on 3g for 2 yrs? Can you buy a 4g phone and maintain your unlimited data under the 4g service?

          • Anonymous

            According to the previous rumor, data is data. To add a little weight to that, I switched from my Droid x2 back to my thunderbolt and they didn’t charge me a dime to do it.

          • Rizzidy

            A data plan is a data plan.  There are no 3g vs. 4g plans on Verizon.

          • Reptherockett

            good idea except if you shop at Best Buy you get 30 days and no restocking fee…

      • Anonymous

        A friend of mine talked to Verizon as well and he mentioned grandfathering would not be a problem

        • Rizzidy

          You better make sure your friend knows what “grandfathering” actually means.

  • http://twitter.com/SH_TomUrtzNYR Tom Urtz

    This would affect new customers?

    • Chris

      All customers w/o a 2 yr. contract or contract that ends after July 7th (or whenever the plans are changed) will be affected. Does not matter new or old customer…July 7th, 2013, everyone will have this tiered plan no questions asked.

      • tjhrulz

        Unless they do not sign a new contract, mine goes up on the 8th

        • Chile Quinones

          You know, I have never complained about paying a higher price for Verizon until this article.  It is a shame that if we keep Verizon, my smartphones will be dumb phones (limited internet access for us).  It is a shame, since the netflix app has come out,  our internet usage has jumped (in one month I went from 3gb to 9.7gb and the wife went from .5gb to 7gb).  I really want to switch to Sprint but I am truly worried that their coverage will be sub par for us (We live in a rural community).  I guess the good ole days of mobile phones has now reached our doorstep.  Does anyone else feel as if these data cappings/data pricing hikes are truly limiting what are phones have been created to do?  Is it this bad in other countries, or are we just catching up with everyone else?

      • Anonymous

        So, if a contract ends July 8th and you currently have unlimited data for $30, you will be on tiered data? Just want to get my facts straight.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, because you will fall into one of three categories. 1. Leave Verizon. 2. Go month to month in which will no longer offer unlimited data. 3. Sign a new contract which no longer offers unlimited data.

          Only option to keep unlimited data is if you lock in a new two year contract prior to them removing the option. Hence, signed before July 7th.

      • Ckoch0125

        Not necessarily. I mean you forget to realize something called grandfathering. Check the other sites they have more info that says they will grandfather those of us currently with unlimited data